Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen are no strangers to each other. They’re also no stranger to the situation they would find themselves in if they’re victorious this weekend.

A win for either man at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale would give them back-to-back victories and could set either up for a future title shot against whomever emerges as the interim UFC bantamweight champion after UFC 161. Although Faber and Jorgensen can rightfully say they’ve earned a shot at the interim belt, ultimately what will decide their fates isn’t even in their hands.

That responsibility rests in the hands of UFC 161’s main attraction of Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland. This match-up is particularly interesting for Faber. “The California Kid” lost to Barao at UFC 149 in a bout that crowned the Brazilian as the new interim champion. It was not only Faber’s second loss in a row, but also his second failed attempt to secure an UFC title.

If Barao is victorious at UFC 161, Faber’s chances at getting another title shot are dramatically reduced. However, if Wineland can somehow pull off the upset, look for Faber’s name to get brought up immediately, as Faber will have had two quality wins and also holds a victory over Wineland from their meeting at UFC 128.

Faber has the fan support and pay-per-view drawing ability to warrant a title shot, but he’ll need to do something to prove a rematch with Barao would be any different. He began that process by choking out Ivan Menjivar, which is no small feat. But he will need to continue to do prove himself against Jorgensen. If Faber can show that he’s improved since UFC 149, the UFC won’t hesitate to put him in the headliner, because the promotion knows it’s a sound investment in terms of revenue.

However, if Wineland wins at UFC 161, it won’t matter what Faber does as long as he has his hand raised at the end of the night. With a convincing victory over Wineland in his UFC debut, Faber will have all the ammunition he needs to press the UFC for another title match.

Jorgensen is still a mystery to many fans. He fell off their radar following his loss to Dominick Cruz in 2010. He, like Faber, has also lost to the interim champ Barao via unanimous decision. Jorgensen was knocked out for the first time in his career by Wineland last June, but with recent losses to guys who are either wearing UFC gold or challenging for it, his resume doesn’t look as bad. What will hold Jorgensen back is that he’ll likely have to grind out an ugly decision over Faber, since it’s hard to envision Jorgensen stopping Faber before the final bell.

If Jorgensen can’t secure an impressive finish or clearly dominate Faber for the duration of the bout, the UFC will tell him he needs one more fight before challenging for the belt. Faber is without a doubt the division’s most popular fighter, but it would only be one victory over a top-10 fighter for Jorgenson if he emerges victorious. There are a few guys who are surging up the rankings that we could see Jorgensen face to determine a No. 1 contender. That is, if he gets past “The California Kid.”

Photo: Scott Jorgensen (L) connects with a left hand (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)